Black-bellied Whistling Duck

(Black-bellied Tree Duck, Mexican Duck)

Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Genus: Dendrocygna
Species: autumnalis

La. anser goose
La. forma form, shape, kind
Gr. anous foolish
La. anas duck
La. –idae appearance, resemblance

Gr. dendro tree
La. cygna swan
La. autumnalis autumn

Painting of black-bellied tree duck standing on a shore among rocks by a lake.
They have a goose-like appearance. Long neck, long pink legs, pinkish bill and feet, brown eyes, mostly gray head and neck, brownish breast and back, and black belly and under tail coverts. Males and females look alike
Black-bellied whistling ducks inhabit southern Arizona and south-central and southeastern Texas through Mexico and Central America.
Northern black-bellied whistling ducks breed from southern Arizona and south-central and southeastern Texas through Mexico and Central America. A southern race breeds from Panama to southern Brazil and northern Argentina. Birds at the extreme northern and southern limits migrate.
They forage for aquatic plants, seeds, invertebrates and insects and forage in grain fields in the fall.

They build nests of a few feathers and down in hollow trees near or sometimes a distance from water, sometimes on the ground and in nest boxes. Nests have been discovered in machinery, containers and chimneys.

Flying black-bellied tree ducks illustrated on a Federal duck stamp sold to accompany hunting licenses.
Females lay about 9 to 18 white or cream-white eggs which hatch after about 4 weeks incubation. A day or two later parents lead ducklings to water where they learn to forage for insects, spiders and snails and they fly at about two months age. They raise two broods in a season.
The Black-bellied Whistling Duck House has a 12″ by 12″ floor, 22″ inside floor to ceiling, a very large 6″ wide by 4″ high entrance opening located 19″ above the floor (to the top of the hole) and ventilation openings in the floor and under the roof.

Above all, please do not attract duck families and leave them vulnerable to predators. Significant reduction in predation has been achieved through proper location, installation and use of cone predator guards. 

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Black-bellied Whistling Duck

Painting of black-bellied tree duck standing on a shore among rocks by a lake.
(Black-bellied Tree Duck, Mexican Duck)

Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Genus: Dendrocygna
Species: autumnalis

La. anser goose
La. forma form, shape, kind
Gr. anous foolish
La. anas duck
La. –idae appearance, resemblance

Gr. dendro tree
La. cygna swan
La. autumnalis autumn

They have a goose-like appearance. Long neck, long pink legs, pinkish bill and feet, brown eyes, mostly gray head and neck, brownish breast and back, and black belly and under tail coverts. Males and females look alike
Black-bellied whistling ducks inhabit southern Arizona and south-central and southeastern Texas through Mexico and Central America.
Northern black-bellied whistling ducks breed from southern Arizona and south-central and southeastern Texas through Mexico and Central America.

A southern race breeds from Panama to southern Brazil and northern Argentina. Birds at the extreme northern and southern limits migrate.

Flying black-bellied tree ducks illustrated on a Federal duck stamp sold to accompany hunting licenses.
They forage for aquatic plants, seeds, invertebrates and insects and forage in grain fields in the fall.

They build nests of a few feathers and down in hollow trees near or sometimes a distance from water, sometimes on the ground and in nest boxes. Nests have been discovered in machinery, containers and chimneys.

Females lay about 9 to 18 white or cream-white eggs which hatch after about 4 weeks incubation. A day or two later parents lead ducklings to water where they learn to forage for insects, spiders and snails and they fly at about two months age. They raise two broods in a season.

The Black-bellied Whistling Duck House has a 12″ by 12″ floor, 22″ inside floor to ceiling, a very large 6″ wide by 4″ high entrance opening located 19″ above the floor (to the top of the hole) and ventilation openings in the floor and under the roof.

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Please do not attract duck families and leave them vulnerable to predators. Significant reduction in predation has been achieved through proper location, installation and use of cone predator guards.

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